State Proclaims Sept. 26 “Downtown Day,” A Reminder to Shop Local

State Proclaims Sept. 26 “Downtown Day,” A Reminder to Shop Local

(Oakland County, Sept. 25, 2020)

Oakland County Executive David Coulter encourages county residents to visit their downtowns Saturday during the statewide celebration of Downtown Day.

Coulter joined with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who signed a certificate of proclamation declaring Sept. 26 as Downtown Day in Michigan. The proclamation encourages residents to support their downtowns in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic by such activities as purchasing a carryout meal from a downtown restaurant, using a retail store’s curbside pickup service, sharing a business’s social media post or simply taking a walk in your downtown.

“Supporting our downtowns and celebrating our vibrant historic commercial districts remains an important step for us as we continue our recovery during his pandemic,” Coulter said. “We encourage residents to shop local and support our businesses as thousands of these independent merchants and business owners need our continuing support. These small businesses create jobs, commerce and investment vital to our communities.”

Downtown Days is an annual event created by the Michigan Downtown Association; a statewide non-profit organization founded in 1980.

Oakland County supports its downtowns and historic commercial districts through its Main Street Oakland County program – the first and only county in the United States to operate a full-service, county-wide Main Street program.

Main Street Oakland County designated communities are: Auburn Hills, Berkley, Birmingham, Clarkston, Clawson, Farmington, Ferndale, Franklin, Groveland Township, Hazel Park, Highland Township, Holly, Holly Township, Lake Orion, Lathrup Village, Leonard, Madison Heights, Oak Park, Ortonville, Oxford, Pontiac, Rochester, Royal Oak, South Lyon and Wixom.

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